With just days until Fallout 4‘s Far Harbor DLC official release, beta testers leak more screenshots, and even go so far as to illegally upload the DLC to the internet.
Dodging spoilers for an upcoming game or expansion is always a challenge, especially when some gamers are allowed to access it early. Some Fallout 4‘s Far Harbor DLC playtesters are making it especially tough for others, leaking spoilers and more online.
As with all testing positions, gamers who have been granted early access to Fallout 4‘s Far Harbor DLC have been sworn to secrecy via non-disclosure agreements. However, it would seem that many testers are violating this agreement, in small and large ways. Many leaks in the form of images have appeared on the internet since testers were granted early access to the DLC, and trolls have apparently been sending out private messages containing Far Harbor DLC spoilers to followers of the Fallout 4 subreddit.
The most shocking abuse of tester privilege, however, is that at least one playtester actually uploaded the DLC itself onto the internet for anyone to download. Uploaded copies of the DLC have appeared on torrent sites, and even on Nexus Mods, which made a name for itself by being one of the biggest Elder Scrolls and Fallout mod sites. While the DLC has since been pulled from Nexus Mods at the request of Bethesda, the damage may be already done, as the DLC was downloaded hundreds of times before it was pulled. There’s no way to know how many gamers may have downloaded the expansion via torrent, but the numbers could be massive.
Some of the milder non-story spoilers for the Far Harbor DLC include the return of some former Fallout game mechanics like skill checks. In addition, screenshots have emerged that seem to confirm that the harpoon gun hidden in Fallout 4‘s files may actually be utilized in the Far Harbor DLC. The presence of the harpoon gun in the Far Harbor DLC was suggested last month, when a data miner discovered new data for the harpoon gun in Far Harbor’s files.
It remains to be seen if Bethesda will pursue any kind of legal action against the gamers that have leaked the expansion’s files, providing that it can figure out who did it. In any case, it may mean that Bethesda will drastically change the way that it runs tests. Considering that Far Harbor is the biggest DLC planned for Fallout 4 at this time, this is undoubtedly a major blow to Bethesda.
Gamers, how do you feel about playtesters abusing their privilege this way? Let us know in the comments.
Fallout 4 is now available for PC, PS4, and Xbox One. The Far Harbor DLC will be released on May 19th.